Modern Auction House Partners with Acclaimed Art Blog

July 23, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) and You Have Been Here Sometime (YHBHS) will partner together to produce a special interior showcase for LAMA’s Pacific Standard Time exhibit Collecting in Los Angeles 1945 – 1980.  This three week exhibit explores the collecting practices of Richard Dorso, a native Californian, who at age 101 left behind a unique art collection spanning much of the 20th century. The exhibit will conclude with an auction of the entire collection on October 9, 2011.

David John of the acclaimed arts and interiors blog YHBHS, will design and style a temporary interior space, the first of its kind, at the LAMA showroom that will showcase a fresh and current perspective of Dorso’s lifelong collection.  Utilizing David John’s skills as an interior designer, LAMA has invited this local California designer to create an intimate space that brings together the past and present, shining a light on how Modern Art and Design is viewed in today’s current art and interiors scene.

David John, YHBHS:
Collecting in Los Angeles 1945-1980 is a unique opportunity to realize my interest as a designer: to create interior spaces that bring into focus the historical and contemporary connections between art + design.  When Peter Loughrey first showed me the photographs of Richard Dorso’s L.A. home, I was immediately astonished by his collection and the story his residence told about the forms and colors of 60s California art. For the upcoming LAMA auction, I’ve worked at creating a temporary open cube inspired by the geometrical, hard-edged works from Dorso’s collection by Baldessari, McCracken, Ruscha, Arnoldi, and many other early California artists.  To design a space from works such as these is hardly a challenge, it’s pure joy.”

Peter Loughrey, Director of LAMA:
“We are creating a new context by combining the traditional concept of the auction house with the new media of an art blogger’s visual sensibility.  All of the pieces in the Dorso Collection worked in a specific way; however, we are showing new, younger collectors why they should be attracted to this material. The material itself is constant, but showing it in a new context, we believe, will reveal a new desirability.”

The special interior showcase will open to the public on September 19, 2011 and will kick-off the three week exhibit Collecting in Los Angeles 1945 – 1980, which concludes with an auction of the entire collection on October 9, 2011.  David John will be blogging on different aspects of the Dorso Collection on You Have Been Here Sometime (  LAMA is producing a special one-owner catalogue featuring photographs of the collection in-situ by Grant Mudford and a special introduction by Norman Lear.

Collecting in Los Angeles 1945 – 1980 will be held at the LAMA showroom: 16145 Hart St. Van Nuys, CA 91406
Exhibition Dates: September 19, 2011 – October 8, 2011; open daily 10am – 6pm.
Auction Date: Sunday, October 9, 2011; 12pm noon (PST)

LAMA, Los Angeles’ premier Modern Art auction house, is dedicated to selling vintage 20th Century Modern Art, Design and Furniture. Auctions are held at the LAMA showroom: 16145 Hart St. Van Nuys, CA 91406.

YHBHS is a dialogue between artists, designers, and others inspired by interior spaces and architecture.

Collecting in Los Angeles 1945 – 1980 is part of Pacific Standard Time. This unprecedented collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brings together more than sixty cultural institutions from across Southern California for six months beginning October 2011 to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene. For more information please visit

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